5 Quick Painting Tips
Should I Use Primer?
No need for primer unless (1) you’re painting a light color over a dark one, (2) the walls are badly stained, or (3) the walls are marked up with spackle from patching. In these situations, a primer will help create a consistent, neutral surface that your paint will adhere to evenly. Instead of using a separate product, though, you might want to go with the Benjamin Moore Aura line of paints ($68 a gallon, benjaminmoore.com), which work like all-in-one paint-and-primers and are available in all Benjamin Moore colors.